Enhanced carry licenses on the rise in Idaho

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by KTVB

KREM.com

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 8:38 AM

ADA COUNTY -- It's been almost a year since Idaho starting offering a new license when it comes to carrying concealed firearms.

The enhanced license became even more popular when it became part of the guns on campus law, which goes into effect July 1.

But exactly how many people have this license, and what it's takes to get it?

A training class took place Friday out at the Black's Creek Range off Kuna-Mora Road in Ada County.

About 12 people at the eight-hour class, and the instructors say they've been busy keeping up with all the people wanting the enhanced license, and believe the demand will only go up once the guns on campus bill becomes law.

You have to shoot a hundred rounds using either a revolver or a semi automatic.

Focusing on safety and a close range target, like a typical defensive shooting situation.

"You need to make sure you're using your firearm as a tool of last resort," said instructor Andrew Odom. 

Before going to the gun range, there are hours spent in the classroom discussing the law when it comes to carrying concealed and the ethical responsibilities as well.

"We want to make sure you have the skills, and knowledge, and the attitude to not only own and operate a firearm, but also carry one for a defensive purpose in the community," said Odom.

For Randy Bartlett it's useful information, even though he's been around guns since he was 12, and has carried since he was in the military decades ago.

"It's always good to get a refresher, we get complacent sometimes, we get into bad habits, and these gentleman help break us of those habits," said Randy Bartlett, who is getting his enhanced license.

Bartlett said he's here because the enhanced permit allows him to carry concealed even when he travels to other states.

Patrick Evans, a 21-year-old Boise State student, says he's here because the permit gives him the option to bring a gun to school once the guns on campus law goes in effect.

"Being a university student it offered me with greater protection. I don't personally plan on carrying at school, but in the event that I park on campus and leave the weapon in my vehicle, it covers me legally," said Evans.

Evans and Bartlett are two of many who are now interested in the higher-level license.

In fact, from July 1, 2013 to April 2014, there were nearly 2,000 enhanced licenses throughout the state.

Since then, in just two and half months, that number has jumped to more than 3,000.

Instructors believe the publicity behind the guns on campus bill played a role, but say the number one reason people take their class is to carry across state lines.

"It is much better training. It really gets people's eyes open, and hey, this is actually how a gun works. I have to have one, and know how to use it, and take the responsibility to actually get more training with it," said instructor Zsolt Torok.

The enhanced carry license does require a background check as well.

The regular permit involves less time and has no actual range shooting, just the classroom instruction.

For more information regarding the concealed weapons license, click here.
 

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